River Otters getting ready to make a splash

Photo by Dawnmarie Fehr

Coach Cindi Coats poses with some of her swimmers during a River Otters swim team practice. The team is getting ready to kick off its season this weekend with a time trials event at Liberty High School.

The Discovery Bay-based River Otters swim team is gearing up for its eighth season, and things are looking good. Led by veteran coach Cindi Coats, the Otters’ numbers are record-breaking this year, and the team hopes for another undefeated season.

“We are going into this season with our largest team yet,” said team Board President Rick Pierce. “Registration was a huge success, with our team filling up after being open for only one week.”

Pierce said the coaching staff passes its love of the sport onto its swimmers. Coats and her fellow coaches focus on breaking down the fundamentals of each stroke, teaching kids how to swim well and have fun.

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